Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Seaside Heights Elementary Students took to their computers at least once during the week of Nov. 7 through 11 to learn about coding for the Hour of Code, a global movement organized by the public nonprofit Code.org. The Hour of Code event, launched in 2014, uses one hour of online instruction and tutorial videos to introduce students to computer science and the basics of coding. The materials can be taught all at once or in sections over a few days. Anyone can host an Hour of Code at anytime, according to the program’s website. However, the goal of the grassroots campaign was to get as many students as possible to try the Hour of Code during the week of Dec. 7 through 13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the website states. All the materials were provided online. This is the first year Seaside Heights participated, and the students learned how to code games, with a variety to select from. “I thought this was a great opportunity for students to learn about coding as it is a viable career option for them in the future, probably one they didn’t know about prior to this experience,” Principal Sande Brown said.

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